Oliviero Roggi is professor of Finance and Risk Management at Fundação Dom Cabral – FDC, Brazil. He is also professor of Corporate Finance, Valuation, Management and Risk Governance at the University of Florence, Italy. He was professor and researcher at NYU Stern School of Business, USA, and at EAESP / FGV, Brazil, the latter being responsible for the NURPE Research Unit on Country Risk (Sovereign) and Business Risk. Visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark, and lecturer in the Doctorate and Master’s courses at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Brazil.
He earned his Ph.D in Management and Finance at University of Bologna and City University Business School European Joint Ph.D program in 1998. He has specialization in Corporate Finance, Company Valuation, Risk Management, Governance and Corporate Strategy.
Founder of the Finanza Firenze Research Center in 2007. In 2008, together with Edward Altman – NYU Stern Salomon Center, he also founded the International Risk Management Conference. In 2008- 2009 he served as Visiting professor in Accounting Masters Program at Universidade de Fortaleza (Brasil). Consultant at European Commission, Regione Toscana (Italy) and other public owned entities is acting and doing research in the area of Enterprise Risk Management, and in particular Credit Risk since 2004. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Country Risk Forum of Associazione Bancaria Italiana (ABI – Italian Bankers Association).
He has published papers and books on SME rating and on rating models generally speaking. In 2009, he published a book on “Risk Value and Company Default”. He is Co-author of Aswath Damodaran, NYU STERN, for the forthcoming 3° Italian edition of Applied Corporate Finance and he is NYU Stern Visiting Scholar since 2009 and consultant at IFC World Bank group since 2010.
Edward I. Altman is a Max L. Heine Professor of finance and the director of research in Credit and Debt markets at the Salomon Center for the Study of financial institutions at the New York University Stern School of Business. Dr Altman received his MBA and PhD in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to serving in his present position, he chaired Stern’s MBA program for 12 years. Dr. Altman was named to the Max L. Heine endowed professorship at Stern in 1988.
Internationally recognized as an expert on corporate bankruptcy, high yield bonds, distressed debt, and credit risk analysis. He served as President of the Financial Management Association in 2003, and was appointed an FMA Fellow in 2004. Dr. Altman was named one of the most influential people in Finance by Treasury & Risk Management magazine in 2005, he is a Founder and Executive editor of the international publication and has published or edited many books and articles in scholarly finance, accounting, and economic journal. His work has appeared in many languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. He has been Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, and a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of American Finance.
Prof. Menachem Brenner he prices of traded index options and introduced the idea of volatility derivatives, an idea which was implemented 20 years later. He has written more than 60 scholarly articles in diverse areas in finance and economics. Professor Brenner was a founding editor of the Review of Derivatives Research and has served on several editorial boards and program committees. He is a regular member of the Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics nominating committee. He received several grants and the Graham Dodd Award for excellence in financial writing. He was also awarded Stern’s Glucksman Prize for the best new research paper in Finance. In addition to working with doctoral students and teaching the popular finance course on “Futures and Options,” he served as deputy chairman of the finance department and is currently the director of the Masters in Global Finance program, a joint venture between the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Business School and NYU Stern. Before joining Stern, Professor Brenner was a tenured faculty member at the Hebrew University. He has been a Visiting Professor at Berkeley, the University of Bergamo, University of Melbourne and Tel Aviv University.
Professor Brenner also served as an Advisor to the Bank of Israel, the Securities Authority and was a board member of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange where he chaired the committee that recommended the establishment of an Options Market in Israel. He was a floor trader in options and futures at the NYFE and NYSE.
Riccardo De Lisa has a vast scientific, policy-setting and practical experience in the fields of financial regulation, deposit insurance and bank risks.
Riccardo is a professor of Banking and Finance at UniCa (University of Cagliari – IT) and he is currently a Senior Advisor of the Interbank Deposit Protection Fund (FITD). He is also a Co-Chair of the Research Working Group of EFDI (European Forum of Deposit Insurers). As an international expert on deposit insurance and bank risks, he worked for IMF, World Bank and TAIEX (European Commission – EC).
He was also a member of the Consultative Panel of CEBS (Committee of European Banking Supervisors – London, today EBA) and member of the Fin-Use – Financial Users Forum of the European Commission.
Riccardo has written many research and policy papers on financial regulation and deposit insurance. He is a co-author of the SYMBOL model used by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission for the impacts assessments of financial European Directives. He is also a co-author of the European Commission Basel 2 guide to SMEs, translated in 21 languages.
He studied at York University (UK) and New York University’s Stern School of Business (US).
Luca Piras is professor of Finance at Cagliari University, where he teaches Corporate Finance and Advanced Corporate Finance. He has been member of the faculty of the PhD school of Finance at University of Trieste, and visiting professor at University of Kaunas, Lituania, and Vaasa University, Finland. His research interests include Behavioral Finance and investors cognitive biases, Valuation and Market Efficiency.
He has served as a member of Senato Accademico at University of Cagliari and is a member of Italian association of Finance Professors. He also cooperated with Gruppo Editoriale Mondadori as commentator on economic and financial topics in several national radio talks. He has advised several Italian public institutions on derivatives and other structured securities.